Since 1976, Anne Rice has been at the forefront of the supernatural gothic genre. Her love for all things dark and supernatural has been present in the lives of many readers. You probably know this already!
With her first publication, Interview with the Vampire, Rice has gone on to write 8 series about all things in the dark.
Vampires, witches, and even Jesus himself, Rice gave everything she touched a certain edge that makes you love every last word.
Recently, Interview with the Vampire has been adapted into a hit TV series on ABC. Queen of the Damned was adapted into a film in the early 2000s.
This film brings together elements of the novel’s predecessor The Vampire Lestat and brings together the entire world of The Vampire Chronicles.
Below is the ultimate guide to reading all 35+ of Anne Rice’s works in order!
About Anne Rice
Born in 1941 in New Orleans, Rice was raised as an observant Catholic. However, later in life, became a secular humanist as she disagreed with the Catholic Church’s stance on social issues.
She launched her writing career with the hit series The Vampire Chronicles. This quickly bloomed into eight other gothic fiction series where fans from all over the world could get lost in the worlds she created on the page.
Rice published the novel series Christ The Lord, showing her loyalty to Christianity. Christ The Lord: Out of Egypt was adapted into a film, The Young Messiah, and became a cult favorite throughout the states.
Unfortunately, Rice passed in 2021. However, she will always be regarded as a true pioneer of gothic fiction and her work will forever be cherished by readers.
Anne Rice Books In Order
Set in the wild times of the roaring 20s in New Orleans, Louis is enamored by an almost ethereal man, Lestat.
Lestat is determined to show Louis that while he may be seen as evil, he is all Louis will ever need in this life and the next.
Told from the perspective of Louis, we watch his journey through this life into his immortal life as he loves, and hates himself, his family, and Lestat for all that he is and all that he is to become.
When he saves young Claudia, he has no idea the implications it will have on his relationship with Lestat.
Louis and Claudia go more than halfway around the globe in search of people who share their hatred for Lestat.
Louis and Claudia are yearning to belong, to find people who understand them, and to find someone who understands who they are and why they are.
- Introduces readers to a new world of Vampires.
- The TV adaptation is true to the book.
- The story is a slow burn.
Themes: LGBT+, death, vampire, paranormal, historical, self-loathing, racism, family.
Lestat, the vampire that we originally encountered in Interview with the Vampire, has a tale to tell.
Lestat travels through time in Anne Rice’s second installment of The Vampire Chronicles as he undertakes his own investigation into his ancestry and attempts to make sense of what has happened to him.
Waking up after a 55-year-long nap, Lestat is enthralled with the modern world. Using his newfound power he becomes a rockstar and his fans adore him.
Only Lestat does the one thing a Vampire should never do. He reveals his true nature to the world.
- A sequel can be read as a stand-alone novel.
- Readers learn more about Lestat as the story progresses.
- The story takes a while for the action to happen.
- The writing style may be juvenile.
Themes: Historical, abuse, vampire, indulgence, power, secrets.
Three colorful storylines that cover 6,000 years are woven together in The Queen of the Damned.
This book explores the history of vampires, travels across time, and culminates in the twentieth century with an astounding climax.
As Lestat unknowingly prepares for his death, vampires, and humans all over the world are having the same nightmare.
Twins with flaming hair and striking green eyes are involved in a horrific tragedy.
Akasha, Queen of the Damned, is woken from a 6000-year-long nap. And she is ready to make her dream a reality. She wants to become a God. And nothing is going to stop her.
- New characters and storylines are introduced to the series.
- Female villains show the power of female vampires.
- The ending is abrupt and short.
Themes: World domination, tragedy, loyalty, destruction, power.
Lestat is the Prince of the dead. But it is time he takes on his own adventure.
As he battles with his doubts, self-loathing, and all-consuming loneliness Lestat is thrown into one of the most dangerous enterprises he has ever seen.
Someone has taken his power. After being tricked to switch bodies, Lestat walks the Earth as a weak, defenseless human.
And with his past closing in, he must work with an unlikely friend to find the body thief.
- The writing is engaging and emotional.
- Involves a lot of self-reflection which can resonate with the reader.
- The writing can be over-descriptive in certain areas making it slow.
Themes: Self-loathing, loneliness, growth, redemption, power, fantasy.
Lestat never expected a rather bratty human to infiltrate every corner of his mind. But when he meets Dora, the drug Lord’s daughter, he can’t help but want her. When she goes missing, Lestat will stop at nothing to find her.
On his rescue mission, Lestat is aware that someone is following his every move.
Lured in by Memnoch, a self-proclaimed Devil, he believes it is time that he got what he wanted from the former Prince of the Dead.
Lestat is torn between his loyalty to the vampire world and his growing affection for Dora. Does he save his people or the woman he loves?
- A new plot line keeps the series engaging and suspenseful.
- Written in the same style as the first book in the series.
- Characters are not given much other than dialogue.
- Large focus on religion.
Themes: Morality, love, savior, vampire, religion.
Armand is brought to our attention within the first book of the series, and now we get to learn more about his story.
From his early years in Kyiv Rus through the time he is sold into slavery by Tartar incursions in ancient Constantinople, the vampire Armand’s story spans millennia.
We watch as he is intellectually and emotionally subjugated to the powerful vampire Marius, who poses as a mysterious, reclusive painter among humans and wishes to give Armand the gift of vampire blood in a magnificent palace in Renaissance Venice.
- Brand new characters and plot lines are introduced.
- Armand can be seen as weak which doesn’t fit the vampire trope.
- Religion is a dominant theme.
Themes: Religion, growth, power, horror, suspense, LGBT+, slavery.
David Talbot, a lover of adventure, is the narrator of this tale. Merrick is a powerful witch. A descendant of the gens de color libres, the voodoo, and magic of New Orleans are seeped into her bones.
She has little awareness of her ancestors, the Great Mayfair Witches, but she inherited their magical abilities and strength
- Female protagonist.
- More diversity than in other books in the series.
- Lacks the action expected in a fantasy book.
Themes: Witches, magic, power, feminism, covens, paranormal.
The golden-haired Marius, who is a real Child of the Millennia, was once Lestat the Vampire’s mentor and is always and forever the conscientious enemy of the Evil Doer, divulges the details of his two-thousand-year existence in his own intense yet personal voice.
We stay with him as he tragically leaves the vampire Pandora. Through him, we see the demise of pagan Rome under the rule of Emperor Constantine and the horrifying Visigothic sacking of the Eternal City.
- Readers are given more information about Marius.
- Brings together Merrick and the vampires.
- Readers already know Marius’ story
Themes: Self-discovery, immortality, existentialism, love, death.
Ever since infancy, Quinn has never belonged. And it is all because of his tormentor and doppelgänger Goblin.
The fact that Quinn’s doppelgänger has evolved into a vampire makes him much more dangerous.
As a result, Quinn turns to the well-known vampire Lestat for assistance in an effort to escape the ghost that continues luring him to Sugar Devil Swamp and its explosive mysteries.
- Doppelgänger is a new form of supernatural creature giving the reader something new.
- Deals with intense themes of selfishness and betrayal.
- More horror focused than other books.
Themes: Family greed, hatred, bloodlust, betrayal, supernatural, horror.
The vampire Lestat, who was previously at the height of wickedness, is now looking for the transformation that Memnoch the Devil started.
He struggles with his vampirism and longs for goodness, purity, and love as he rescues Patsy’s ghost from the horrible world of the Earthbound, solves the Taltos puzzle, and decides the fate of his beloved Rowan Mayfair.
- Lestat is seen in a different light.
- Continues seamlessly from the previous book.
- Writing style changes, derailing the characters already established.
Themes: Passion, promise, love, vampire, sacrifice, protection, freedom.
The vampire community is in trouble. Old vampires that have awakened from a long period of underground sleep are carrying out the orders of a Voice that orders them to indiscriminately burn their relatives in cities all around the world, including Paris, Mumbai, Hong Kong, and San Francisco.
In order to find out who—or what—is guiding this enigmatic person, a number of well-known characters, including Louis de Pointe du Lac, Armand, and even the vampire Lestat, must set out on a voyage.
- Louis is given a voice throughout the tale.
- The mystery keeps the story engaging.
- Characters are given a backstory that holds no point to the story.
Themes: Romance, adventure, savior, destruction.
Now, Lestat, Prince of the vast tribe of the undead, finds himself engaged in battle with a strange, ancient, otherworldly form that has somehow possessed his immortal body and spirit.
It is through this perilous and profound struggle that we learn the hypnotic story of a great sea power of ancient times: a mysterious heaven on earth located on a boundless continent in the Atlantic Ocean.
- Lestat’s character develops further.
- Aliens can seem far-fetched.
Themes: War, royalty, leadership, fantasy, sci-fi, adventure.
Lestat, a rebellious outlaw, addresses the vampire tribe in this enthralling book, telling us the fascinating tale of how he came to be the prince of the vampire world, the creation of the Blood Communion, and the realization of his dream for the Children of the Universe to live in harmony.
- The Reader learns more about Lestat’s character.
- Plot feels slow and weighted.
Themes: Remembrance, appreciation, hope.
We all know the fairytale of Sleeping Beauty. Well, imagine it with a little bit of spice. Throughout this classic tale, Rice explores the blooming sensuality of a rather provocative adventure.
In this instance, the Prince initiates sexual contact with Beauty rather than kissing her. He receives Beauty’s total and undivided captivity as payment for ending the 100 years of enchantment.
- A modern take on a classic fairytale.
- Dark and devious compared to the classic tale.
- Characters lack substance and relatability.
Themes: Desire, fairytale, adult fantasy.
Beauty’s Punishment is definitely not the sequel to Sleeping Beauty that you would expect.
After her experimentation with Prince Tristan, Beauty is sent off to auction. Sold to the village she will experience love, punishment, and everything in between.
All at the hands of the dazzling Captain of the Guard.
- Darker than the previous book.
- Some themes may be too intense for readers.
Themes: Dominance, desire, pain, romance.
Beauty has been held hostage by an Eastern Sultan and imprisoned within the distinctive walls of the harem as a result of her exploits on the dark side of sexuality.
Additionally, her encounters with the various sexual dream variations are depicted in sensual, rich prose that enhances this exquisite depiction of Love’s hidden world.
- Action-packed from the beginning, this story is fun and easy to read.
- Extremely sexual and dramatic.
Themes: Desire, exploration, adult, historical.
The Sleeping Beauty series was supposed to be complete with Beauty’s Release, but Rice felt a more final ending was needed. So, Beauty’s Kingdom was published.
After the Queen passes away, Beauty and Laurent go back to the realm they left twenty years prior.
The decision to seize the kingdom in exchange for willing carnal servitude is made by Beauty at this point.
In Beauty’s kingdom, where she and her husband usher in a new era of desire, longing, and pleasure, countless princes, princesses, lords, ladies, and commoners arrive.
- The series is given a complete and happy ending.
- Formal language takes away from the relationships formed.
Themes: Desire, pleasure, freedom, growth, romance.
When Ramses the Great wakes up in Edwardian London, he is Ramses the Damned. Forced to walk the Earth without his true love, Cleopatra, Ramses the Damned may be forced to commit a treacherous act.
But not before indulging in the consumption of alcohol and nefarious acts that the aristocrats of London enjoy.
All in the name of love, join Ramses the Damned as he works to get back in the arms of the one he loves while navigating this new and exciting world.
- Blends Ancient Egypt and indulgent Edwardian London together seamlessly.
- Shows the author’s true writing style.
- The characters are rather flat.
Themes: Desire, indulgence, love, tragedy.
Ramses the Great, former Pharaoh of Egypt, was lost in Edwardian England with one thing on his mind. Finding and awakening his one true love, Cleopatra.
Feeding her an elixir that brings back the dead, he can now stand proud with his bride-to-be by his side.
Haunted by a mysterious spirit, the couple must be warned of the key to their immortality, and this foreboding spirit may be the only one that can do it.
- Continues the series in a smooth form.
- Feels repetitive in the beginning.
Themes: Love, destruction, immortality, power.
This is the final installment of the Ramses the Damned trilogy, and it is everything you can expect.
After defeating both natural and supernatural enemies, Ramses the Great in Edwardian England fell in love with the stunning heiress Julie Stratford.
Ramses and the immortals he brought back from the mists of time by his resurrection will now face their greatest challenge yet as a global battle looms.
Will Ramses and his destined love survive the Reign of Osiris?
- Characters are well-rounded.
- Action-packed and thrilling.
- The first 2 books must be read to understand the plot.
Themes: War, romance, historical, loneliness.
This is the first installment of the Lives of Mayfair Witches series. With each generation, one Mayfair witch is given a gift. Lasher provides the coven with a gift that can be used to defend the coven.
However, Deirdre, Lasher’s current recipient is catatonic. The gift is provided to her daughter, Rowan and soon she discovers that she is not just an excellent doctor, she is a witch. And what this means for her future.
- Creates a new world and new characters.
- The ending can be confusing.
Themes: Magic, friendship, romance, destiny, family.
The Talamasca, who conduct paranormal investigations, are searching for the next Lasher.
However, Rowan and Michael suffer from a rare genetic condition, and the Mayfair girls are passing away from hemorrhages.
Since Lasher is a completely different species and now has a corporeal form, he poses an enormous threat to the Mayfairs.
Rowan becomes pregnant with a Taltos, a monster resembling him, as they take off for Houston together.
- Opens the reader to more about the world of the Mayfair Witches.
- Rowan and Michael’s relationship is abusive.
Themes: Abuse, pregnancy, mystical beings, magic, witches.
When Ashlar hears that another Taltos has been spotted, he is immediately thrust into the eerie world of the Mayfair family, a New Orleans witch dynasty that is constantly under attack from ghosts, spirits, and their own erratic abilities.
Because Ashlar is aware of how closely connected this strong clan is to the Taltos’ past.
Join Ashlar as he works to understand the new world he is in and what it is going to mean for him.
- Story progresses.
- Readers learn about the history of Taltos.
- The writing style is rather juvenile.
Themes: Magic, history, destiny.
Pandora is the first novel within the New Tales of the Vampires series.
The vampire David Talbot runs across Pandora in a crowded café in contemporary Paris.
She is the legendary Marius’ first vampire creation, the Child of the Millennium, and she is 2,000 years old. David eventually convinces her to share her life’s story through dialogue.
Pandora starts telling her captivating story, which takes place over the years, from Imperial Rome to eighteenth-century France to twentieth-century Paris and New Orleans, at first unwillingly and then with increasing enthusiasm.
- The interview style is nostalgic to previous books.
- Ties together with Vampire Chronicles.
- Dialogue can be overdrawn and dull.
Themes: Historical, fantasy, life, appreciation, torment, mortality.
The most attractive of Vittorio’s supernatural foes, the vampire Ursula, seduces him in the midst of this upheaval.
He enters the nightmare Court of the Ruby Grail on the hunt for vengeance, where he encounters demonic foes, conflict, and political intrigue while becoming more and more fascinated (and perplexed) by his love for the mysterious Ursula.
The grandeur of Renaissance Italy, both religious and profane, as well as its beauty and ferocity, serve as the setting for Anne Rice’s passionate and sad narrative of doomed young love and lost innocence.
- Can be read as a standalone book.
- Readers can relate to the characters.
- The plot is overwhelming.
Themes: Religion, magic, supernatural, self-reflection, love, innocence.
The first novel of the Christ the Lord series.
In Israel’s turbulent first century, a baby is born to a poor Jewish family, but with a remarkable destiny.
He has an unsettling upbringing as he learns to deal with his extraordinary skills and the whispered mysteries surrounding his origin.
Due to King Herod’s cruel rule, the family has left the Holy Land for the relative safety of modern Alexandria.
After Herod’s death, there follows a time of unrest, insurrection, and turmoil, and they decide to return home to Israel, to Galilee, a troubled region under Roman rule.
- Portrays Jesus in a respectful, fascinating way.
- Give Jesus a human touch.
- The plot is overly simple and at times, childish.
Themes: Religion, childhood, freedom, politics, hero.
Yeshua has spent decades attending the synagogue on the Sabbath, despite the long-standing myths about his virgin birth.
Everyone who knows and loves him is searching for any clues as to what path he will ultimately take.
As we await his baptism, what happens could never be prepared for. Turning limestone jars into red wine, he is known as the anointed one and will fight Rome.
- Easy to read.
- The story is historical and engaging.
- May make some readers uncomfortable.
Themes: Religion, sexuality, struggle, freedom, faith.
Angel Time is the first installment in Anne Rice’s seventh series The Songs of Seraphim.
Following Toby O’Dare, or Lucky the Fox, as he once again becomes a contract killer. Only there’s a catch, he must roam the Earth as a soulless spirit.
His nightmare world of lone and violent missions changes when a mysterious visitor known as a seraph offers him the chance to save rather than hurt people.
With childhood dreams of becoming a priest, he jumps at the chance to help others.
This is a tale of heroism from an unlikely corpse.
- The main character’s development is extraordinary.
- The plot can be confusing.
Themes: Angels, savior, redemption, hope.
O’Dare is back and is once again summoned to do the dirty work of the angel Malchiah.
Together, they journey to Italy in the fifteenth century—a time of Michelangelo, the Holy Inquisition, and Pope Leo X—and this time, Malchiah has Toby pretend to be a lute player who has been sent to pacify and allure this unruly spirit.
However, Toby quickly learns that he is caught up in schemes and counter-schemes, surrounded by ever-more frightening threats and that a cloak of ecclesiastical horror is closing in on him.
- A dark tale of angels and demons.
- More of a short story than a novel.
Themes: Good vs Evil, deceit, light and dark, crime.
As the first installment in The Wolf Gift Chronicles, The Wolf Gift is a tale of werewolves, seduction, and violence.
After a horrible tragedy, Reuben realizes that he is abruptly changing.
He can now hear sounds he wasn’t able to hear previously because of his long hair, more sensitive skin, and longer hair. He must now face the beast inside himself or he will die instantly.
- First series about werewolves.
- The characters are flat.
Themes: Supernatural, werewolves, transformation, seduction, violence.
As the Morphenkinder prepares for the old pagan midwinter feast, Reuben is still adjusting to his new lifestyle. Dealing with uncontrolled bloodlust, Rueben is being visited by the Morphenkiner.
Albeit in the form of a silent ghost. Not exactly the most warming of welcomes to the pack. As the swirl of Nidecks comes to an all-time high, the true power of the Morphenkinder is revealed.
- The new world is fully described.
- Subplots keep the novel engaging.
- Little action takes place.
Themes: Community, spirits, werewolves, magic, acceptance.
Before the Civil War, Louisiana was home to the gens de couleur libre, a group unlike any other in Southern history. They were created from the wombs of African slaves and the French or Spanish masters.
Four of them—men and women caught between the worlds of master and slave, privilege and tyranny, desire and suffering—are the subjects of this historical story.
- Deals with intense issues in a professional and relaxed way.
- The writing style is overdrawn and dull in areas.
Themes: Voodoo, African American history, slavery, desire, freedom, magic.
This is the tale of the castrati, the gorgeous and otherworldly sopranos who command the admiration of royal courts and opulent opera theaters across Europe with their glorious vocals and graceful bodies.
These individuals are both adored as idols and reviled for everything they are not.
- Different vampire tale than the first series.
- Refreshing reading.
- All the action happens at the beginning.
Themes: Vampire, desire, idols, historical, LGBT+.
Manager of The Club, Lisa Kelly provides a very specific clientele with a safe setting to explore their darkest desires.
With control over which slaves The Club buys, Lisa selects Elliot Slater with no idea that her life is about to change forever.
- True love is told in a story of sensuality and control.
- Certain themes may be too intense for some readers.
Themes: Love, slaves, control, obedience, desire.
Jeremy Walker, a 44-year-old famous illustrator of children’s books, has access to all of life’s joys. However, he is going to succumb to the ultimate fantasy that is banned.
Belinda is enthralling. She is seductive. She is also the most seductive woman he has ever seen at the age of sixteen.
Jeremy comes entirely under Belinda’s seductive spell as he paints her beauty. But a deadly secret—one that could endanger them both—lies behind the allure of her golden hair.
- Characters are well-rounded.
- Reads like a movie.
- The large age gap between characters.
Themes: Love, struggle, secrets, seduction, relationships.
Zriel, the Servant of the Bones, is an angel, ghost, genie, demon, or pure spirit.
He pours his heart out to us as he takes us from ancient Babylon, which was rife with royal intrigue and religious strife, through Europe during the Black Death, and eventually to the modern world.
Battling with his own humanity and the looming influences following him, can he do the right thing?
- Refreshing, original plot.
- Characters experience self-reflection too much.
Themes: Supernatural, historical, self-reflection, good vs evil.
Join us as Triana, an aspiring musician, and demonic fiddler Stefan become entangled in a web of love, appreciation, and self-destruction.
Triana becomes the victim of Stefan’s predatory behavior as he uses his enchanted violin to captivate, control, and eventually drive her insane.
But Triana understands the power of music, perhaps even more so than Stefan. She decides to challenge Stefan and fight for both her life and her sanity.
- An original tale of love.
- The plot is exciting and captivating.
- Monologues are lengthy.
Themes: Self-destruction, prey, music, love, defiance, survival.
This is the only non-fiction work that Anne Rice ever published and is an endearing memoir.
She started to have questions about faith, God, and the Catholic Church as she grew into a young adult.
This ultimately caused her to renounce faith. The author, however, rediscovered her Catholic religion in the late 1990s and realized how much she yearned to give God her entire being, including her writing talents.
- Learn more about the talented author.
- Not for everyone who doesn’t enjoy non-fiction.
Themes: Religion, self-discovery, identity, growth, coming of age.
And there you have it! Every book that Anne Rice published was in order. Whether you are new to the tales of vampire Lestat and the Mayfair Witches.
I hope this article inspires you to give the work of Anne Rice a read.
Anne Rice will always be known for her incredibly dark, sensual style of writing where she brings different characters, worlds, and cultures to life. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
From werewolves to a young Jesus, each book takes you somewhere completely new.
Above is the complete guide to reading all of Anne Rice’s published works in order.
From the very first book, Interview with the Vampire, to her very last, The Wolves of Midwinter, and everything in between, you can dive right into the remarkable and rather twisted mind of Anne Rice.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Anne Rice Vampire Books Are There?
In total there are 13 books in The Vampire Chronicles series. Beginning with Interview with the Vampire and ending with Blood Communion.
Do You Need To Read Anne Rice Books In Order?
Anne Rice specifically writes her novels in a way that they can be read in any order.
While it is always recommended to begin with the first novel in the series, you can begin with the second or the last.
Who Is The Oldest Vampire In The Vampire Chronicles?
Khayman. Khayman becomes the oldest vampire alive when Akasha is eventually destroyed.
When he transports the fledgling vampires Quinn Blackwood and Mona Mayfair to Maharet and Mekare sanctuary at the end of Blood Canticle, he makes a brief mention of himself.
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